One of my preferred books in the series. The hero was absolutely fantastic. I liked that he was fragile and/or in a difficult situation at different tOne of my preferred books in the series. The hero was absolutely fantastic. I liked that he was fragile and/or in a difficult situation at different times in the book when the heroine had to take over in some ways and to help him be able to rebound. The relationship between Natalie and Zach was really balanced, with both bringing out the best in the others – and I really love when an author manages to do that. 5 stars and a keepers' status for me....more
OMG. This book should be provided with a warning "dangerously addictive - do not start before you know you can read it all straight". I started it lateOMG. This book should be provided with a warning "dangerously addictive - do not start before you know you can read it all straight". I started it late last night with the objective to just see who the hero/heroine are, under 1 to 2 chapters. I read 5 of those, before being reasonable and putting it away to sleep. And the following morning, my wake-up chapter turned into 2 almost without my knowledge and put me late.
There might be some minor spoilers below (minor, ie. regarding "secrets" disclosed very early in the book and only a few pages after they appeared). The prologue / introduction to the hero/heroine takes place while they're both teens. It was very a very successful one, very romantic though not sappy, just long enough. For once, I really wanted them to find each other again while adults, even though I am usually very reluctant to the childhood sweethearts trope which often does not work for me. I had already encountered the heroine in the previous instalments and no real surprise, she's very likable, smart, pretty but not perfect. When appears a man wearing a name quite similar though not identical to that of the teen hero, I tried to guess whether he could be the hero... The facts were damning: he's in jail, with a life-sentence, for cold-blood murder of a former DEA colleague and he does not claim his innocence to the crime. I wanted to believe it could not be the return of the hero and that the real hero had to be hidden somewhere else. And then his behavior turned even worse (view spoiler)[ when he managed to escape the prison by taking Sophie hostage (hide spoiler)]. This hero has huge potential and the story-line, as well.
Well it definitely delivers until the end, I won't say more but this book is full of surprises and deserves a read! As good or even better than the first one in this series....more
I really like stories revolving around conflicts and misunderstanding, when those are justified. This book is perfect in that sense: - Abbey has been lI really like stories revolving around conflicts and misunderstanding, when those are justified. This book is perfect in that sense: - Abbey has been lied to by her father her whole life regarding Michael's undying devotion for her, his expectations to wed her; she spent half her childhood trying to learn what she thought he liked and expected of her - while all this time Michael thought and relished that he had been freed from an engagement taken when he was 19 and in dire circumstances due to his father's failings At first Abbey suffers from what we could call "puppy love" for Michael, finding excuses to every misbehavior and malicious remarks. Michael tries to drive her away, convinced she was responsible for the situation, but ends up getting married with her, feeling constrained and very unhappy about it. After a short while, Abbey realizes she's been lied to, before completely and definitely falling in love with her husband, who is thoroughly captivated by her but refuses to acknowledge his feelings, his craving for her and his unability to let her go, as she planned. Some villain also gets into their story, contributing to estrange them and reinforce the existing mistrust that Michael had never managed to overcome.
Abbey is a very nice, loving heroine, with enough character not to be a doormat, but not so much that she turns into a spiteful and stubborn annoying heroine. Michael is a great hero who nevertheless needed much too long to have his eyes opened, but he redeems himself nicely after that.
One of the best historical romance I've read recently and frankly amazing for a first book (I realized that once reading). My favorite from this author as of now....more
Un des meilleurs livres que j'ai pu lire. Une nouvelle fois assez court mais extrêmement puissant dans ce format compact. Une très belle plume, sobre, éUn des meilleurs livres que j'ai pu lire. Une nouvelle fois assez court mais extrêmement puissant dans ce format compact. Une très belle plume, sobre, élégante, concise mais claire. Mon roman préféré d'un des meilleurs auteurs français contemporains. Je le recommande à tous et notamment aux adolescents....more
Mon roman préféré de Le Clézio Très beau roman d'apprentissage, dont les phrases ont un véritable pouvoir d'évocation qui me transporte ailleurs dès leMon roman préféré de Le Clézio Très beau roman d'apprentissage, dont les phrases ont un véritable pouvoir d'évocation qui me transporte ailleurs dès les premières lignes Je le relis régulièrement avec toujours autant de plaisir (et l'ai racheté à chaque fois que mon exemplaire "prêté" ne revenait pas)...more
Un classique qui se déguste à chaque page et se dévore sans que l'on s'en rende compte. Beaucoup d'humour et de recul, à la fois dans la description deUn classique qui se déguste à chaque page et se dévore sans que l'on s'en rende compte. Beaucoup d'humour et de recul, à la fois dans la description de la relation amoureuse et dans celle du monde bureaucratique administratif des institutions internationales. ...more
La plupart des contes analysés sont très connus (Belle au Bois Dormant, Petit Poucet, Peau d'Ane, Hansel et Gretel); d'autres en revanche m'étaient inLa plupart des contes analysés sont très connus (Belle au Bois Dormant, Petit Poucet, Peau d'Ane, Hansel et Gretel); d'autres en revanche m'étaient inconnus - j'aurai apprécié pouvoir les lire avant d'en découvrir l'analyse faite par Bettelheim. J'ai trouvé ces analyses très intéressantes, parfois amusantes et généralement surprenantes. Je ne suis toujours pas complètement convaincue de leur véracité ou du fait qu'elles sont juste nées d'un esprit particulièrement tordu. En même temps, le ton et le style des explications sont tels que cette dernière explication perd de sa force. Bref une lecture à recommander aux fans de contes qui souhaitent découvrir ce qu'on peut trouver derrière le décor....more
Very difficult book to recommend, but it is definitely a "Love or Hate" one. I loved the way the words were played with. I liked seeing the story throuVery difficult book to recommend, but it is definitely a "Love or Hate" one. I loved the way the words were played with. I liked seeing the story through the eyes and mind of a very distorted man, to which it is impossible (for me at least) to identify with or even like. I liked the overall structure of the story, and the increasing pace. At each reading (I read it twice, with a good ten year interval), I was really compelled into the story and had more and more difficulty to put it down as I was approaching the closure. It's probably one of the most memorable and outstanding book I read, but I can definitely understand why some people may not appreciate it as such?...more
While the previous book was nice, this one really talked to me. Christine looks perfect on all criteria, she's an over-achiever on most things, exceptWhile the previous book was nice, this one really talked to me. Christine looks perfect on all criteria, she's an over-achiever on most things, except relationships for which she has a very bad track record of picking mutts mooching her for a few weeks or months. She meets Alec, that looks so wrong on all criteria but so fun and charming. I like the stories when H/h start prejudiced against the other and change their mind. I also like stories with social class chiasm, with Christine being from a very very rich family and Alec having grown poor white trash. The relationship between Alec and Christine is really on and off, with lots of crisis and conflicts in the first weeks; this can be off-putting for some readers who expect less equivocation from their heroes. However I really liked it as to me it all sounded really real and poignant. I really liked the sequence when they renew their relationship over the phone, despite their complete willingness, with only the introduction sentences to each call. What I liked the most is that I really saw and understood how Christine and Alec fall in love, the respect and understanding they develop for each other, their complicity. And from early on, despite their difficulties to compromise, I was convinced they were made, and were just perfect, for each other. Actually I reread it once I had finished (and been deceived by the last one) and I upped its quote to 5 stars, although it's not absolutely perfect....more
I read this book a few years ago, immediately gave it to my husband. Both of us were totally captivated by the Gothic atmosphere, the reminiscence ofI read this book a few years ago, immediately gave it to my husband. Both of us were totally captivated by the Gothic atmosphere, the reminiscence of a darker past in Spain and Catalonia. This book was rather difficult to put back on the side-table, though it's long enough to require that a few times. There's enough mystery and possible interpretation to fill in interesting discussions, of reading this book with buddies or family. And plenty of beautiful and thought-provoking sentences, most about life-death or books....more
This book manages to be extremely sweet, funny at times, so sad at others, heartwarming, discouraging. Well, a real rollercoaster of emotions absoluteThis book manages to be extremely sweet, funny at times, so sad at others, heartwarming, discouraging. Well, a real rollercoaster of emotions absolutely impossible to stop. I really liked the process through which the heroine progressively rediscovered herself after being dumped by her fiancé. She is not a perfect heroine, looking even quite shallow at the beginning and so obsessed by looks that she went trekking up the hills in high-heel boots. She's also not always very nice, sometimes she does things that do not make a lot of sense. But that's also what makes her so human and highly likable. Rob is more complicated to grasp, as he's hiding some major secrets. One of them I had guessed quite early, but could not make any of it without the rest of it. I was really prepared for a big deception at the discovery of the secrets, as very often it is the moment I realize what was supposed to be a whale is just a little Nemo and it's only be overinflated in the mind of the characters. In this case, I'm happy to tell you it is not true. There are extremely good reasons why the secret should remain such and several proofs at different times that unraveled it would change everything. The interactions between the main characters are great, in and out of bed (or any other place they chose). Finally the letter that Lindsey wrote to Rob in the end is probably one of the best love letters I've read so far (with Zach's to Julie in Perfect) ;) And that makes it worth a 5 stars and keepers status for me !...more
I've been looking for a long time for this book, which was out-of-print to appear in second-hand bookstore, until tadam... the new ebook version catchI've been looking for a long time for this book, which was out-of-print to appear in second-hand bookstore, until tadam... the new ebook version catched my eye. When opening it, I was first disappointed by the only 250 pages. I was afraid such a delicate topic could not be managed properly in so short a format. Then I started reading. From the 1st page on, I was caught. I had the most difficulty that night to stop reading as it was already way way past my bedtime. Once I finished it, I read it again straight to see if I had missed some things. It's one of the only books I finished and thought "there probably is not one sentence that could have been taken out, with no impact". The author managed to take me with a maelstrom of emotions. This book regularly pops in the top positions in romance ranking and there's no doubt for me that it really deserves it....more
This was my first book from Roxanne St. Claire and I bought the whole bullet catcher serie in the following days, so I guess we can see it's a hit. I'vThis was my first book from Roxanne St. Claire and I bought the whole bullet catcher serie in the following days, so I guess we can see it's a hit. I've read it again quickly while going through the whole serie and I must confess I've not been deceived. I liked Sage and did not find her stupid at all; even though she jumps into danger sometimes during her investigation, we can feel that she's already gone through similar situations before without ever being worst for wear and that's why she goes on doing it. I also liked Johnny and the way he regularly slips some personal information that he never should have given. And I really liked the plot into which Johnny plays a rescuer/escort, and all the dialogues and situation that arise around that....more